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OF, BY AND FOR CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES 



VOLUME VII, NUMBER 12 



OCTOBER 1959 



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Pilgrim Congregational 
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From The Co-President's Viewpoint 



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In recent months the writer has heard 
or read hundreds of reports of local 
churches, conferences, seminaries and 
colleges. One thing has been common 
to them all — an "expansion and de- 
velopment program." 

No longer does a self-respecting 
church or school admit to erecting new 
buildings or seeking new members or 
enrolling more students. Instead, it pro- 
jects an "expansion and development 
program." Everywhere, in the United 
States our churches are moving out to 
the suburbs, building new educational 
units, refurbishing old buildings and in- 
stalling multiple ministries. How much 
is it our statisticians report churches in 
the U. S. spent on new buildings last 
year? More than eight hundred million 
dollars. 

Both "expansion" and "development" 
have something to do with the goal Je- 
sus set for the church in the Great 
Commission. The "development" of the 
church, if it can be thought of as dis- 
tinct from the "expansion" of Chris- 
tianity, is no less wondrous and drama- 
tic. Wherever the church has failed to 
develop, Christianity has regressed, or 
at the least, recessed. It is possible that 
the opposite is not true. Almost any 
historian could probably put his finger 
on times and places where the devel- 





DR. FRED HOSKINS 



opinenc Oi. me churcn as an institution 
was accompanied by a ctecnne oi unris- 
uanity. 

We cnurch people are caught in a 
dilemma. It we are 10 be the churcn, 
we must engage ourselves in an inten- 
sive "expansion and development pro- 
grain." Yet if we do, we are in mortal 
danger of "expanding and developing" 
the church out of its main business. 

We cannot live comfortably under the 
eyes of some of our visitors from abroad 
who look in utter amazement at the ca- 
thedral proportions of so many of our 
churches — the wealth of their mem- 
bers and thtir dizzying busy-ness. Oc- 
casionally such visitors ask whether or 
not we are certain that we are aiming 
at the right goal and whether we are 
positive that we are engaged in the 
"right" fight. These are honest ques- 
tions and we must answer them honest- 
ly. 

It does not take extenaed study to 
find out that as surely as we cannot 
equate bigness with Tightness or busy- 
ness with spiritual discernment, we 
cannot equate smallness with possess- 
ion of Christian grace or inactivity with 
genuine spiritual achievement. The 
weight of the times and of Scripture 
probably is on the side of our present 
engagement in "expansion and devel- 
opment programs." 

It is just possible, however, that we 
do not sufficiently think through what 
we are "expanding and developing" 
for! There is some question whether 
or not we are justified in 'expanding 
and developing" just because all the 
other churches are doing so! 

There is no doubt that we muse have 
sanctuaries appropriate to the worsh'.p 
of God, and school faculties and facil- 
ities at least as adequate as those we 
provide for secular education and for 
public and private social enterpris:s. 
No one questions that we must have 
leadership competent to minister help- 
fully to the spiritual needs of the con- 
gregations. 

What must not be forgotten is that 
"expansion and development" are not 
an end in themselves. The church is 
God's people and it has been establish- 
ed for a purpose. The church is the 
redeemed community, redeemed not to 
perfection or to consume all its energy 



and resources in mutual admiration and 
self-nurture. It is a people redeemed 
to be God's ready tools for penetrating 
the whole of society everywhere. 

A church that has "expanded and de- 
veloped" itself until it has no strength 
or vision left to be such a "tool" has 
"expanded and developed" itself out of 
business. On the other hand, a church 
that responsibly looks at its world 
takes the measure of the needs it finds, 
which under God it must undertake to 
meet, and then moves forthrightly to 
engage in an "expansion and develop- 
ment program" to meet those needs! 

That is. what an "expansion and de- 
velopment program" really is about! 

The man being invited by Jesus to 
"sign up" and come along with him 
agreed upon condition that he could 
begin his service with a furlough while 
he buried his father. It was a condition 
completely unacceptable to the Lord 
and was peremptorily rejected. "Let 
the dead bury the dead." 

Might there not be a similar reject- 
ion by the Holy Spirit if we should say: 
"Yes, just as soon as we get our 'ex- 
pansion and development program' 
completed, you may count on us to get 
at the full mission of the church, but 
now please give us a furlough". I don't 
know, but I wonder! 

(Dr. Fred Hoskins is Minister of the 
General Council of Congregational 
Christian Churches and Co -President of 
the United Church of Christ. Th's ar- 
ticle is re-printed from THE UNITED 
CHURCH HERALD.) 



SEC-PF Executive Board 
Holds Planning Sessions 

The Executive Board of the SEC-PF 
met at Pilgrim Church, Chattanooga, 
recently to check on the work of the 
Commissions and to plan for the Spring 
Conference. Those attending were: Peg- 
gy Hammock, Julia Slagle, Lindianne 
Roberson, Melissa Kelley, Peter San- 
ford, Ann Turner. 

Mrs. J. M. Gager Jr. and Jimmy Ken- 
nedy of Pilgrim Church, Chattanooga 
also met with us. Jimmy Kennedy was 
elected treasurer to fill the unexpired-^- 
term of Peter Sanford, who plan? to go 
into some branch of the armed services. 



A Friendly Service 
For Boys And Girls 

"No more pencils, no more books" is 
a familiar refrain to young and old. At 
the church-related schools in Angola, 
however, it takes on an entirely differ- 
ent meaning, for to many boys and 
girls the lack of a few angolares for a 
pencil may mean the difference be- 
tween getting or not getting an educa- 
tion. Families in Angola are willing to 
make great sacrifices for some kind of 
education for their children, but more 
often than not raising enough money for 
tuition fees strains the family budget 
to the breaking point. Many children 
arrive at village and station schools 
without the most meager school sup- 
plies. Students at the domestic schools 
and short summer courses offered by 
the church are in the same situation — 
young girls eager to learn some of the 
rudiments of sewing have only a piti- 
ful scrap of cloth for practicing and 
learn to knit by using the same yarn 
over and over again. 

The mission budget doesn't allow for 
expenditures such as this so the boys 
and girls in our church schools are be- 
ing asked to help out. We wish that it 
were possible to send the supplies which 
are needed directly from your church 
school to Angola. The giving of such 
direct gifts usually has more meaning 
for boys and girls. But customs regu- 
lations and high duty costs in Angola 
make this system impractical and ulti- 
mately a bad use of our own resources. 

Our missionaries have therefore re- 
quested that money gifts "in lieu of 
Friendly Service" be sent so that they 
may purchase in the name of boys and 
girls in this country school supplies 
when and where they see the need. 

If you wish to make this project 
more real to your boys and girls, try 
making posters with cut-outs of school 
supplies and the amount of money ne- 
cessary to purchase them. Or have your 
class make an offering box in the shape 
of a school house. This project is suit- 
able for all age-groups and for all ec- 
onomic situations. Small amounts of 
money are needed and boys and girls 
may be encouraged to give from their 
own resources rather than their par- 
ents' resources. Money should be sent 
to Carl H. Holdridge, Treasurer, Amer- 
ican Board, 14 Beacon Street, Boston 8, 
Mass., clearly designated "School Sup- 
plies for Angola — Friendly Service 



First Town And Country 
Convocation A Success 

Approximately 450 Evangelical and 
Reformed and Congregational Christian 
pastors from town and country church- 
es across the nation gathered on the 
campus of Oberlin College September 
1-3. 

They came to hear noted church and 
agricultural leaders present major ad- 
dresses within the context of the over- 
all theme, "The Christian Witness in 
the Rural Revolution." After hearing 
the addresses they broke up into small 
discussion groups to talk over what 
they had heard. The results of these 
discussions, along with the addresses, 
were subjects of panel discussions by 
leaders. 

It was soon apparent that the pastors 
believe the church has a major role to 
play in town and country life and that 
it is not living up to its potential in this 
regard. 

Major addresses were delivered by 
Dr. Victor Obenhaus, Chicago Theolog- 
ical Seminary; Robert G. Lewis, Agri- 
cultural C-ordinator for the Governor 
of Wisconsin; Dr. William G. Mather, 
Pennsylvania State College; Dr. E. W. 
Mueller, National Lutheran Council,; 
Dr. Rockwell C. Smith, Garrett Bibli- 
cal Institute; Dr. Purd Deitz, Board of 
National Missions; and Dr. Clarence 
Jordan, Koinonia Farm, Americus, Ga. 

The new town and country film, "No 
More Uprooted" was premiered and 
discussed. 

Gift."- 

There is excellent material for child- 
ren and young people available on Af- 
rica. Be sure and write to the nearest 
Missions Council address for a list of 
denominational resources and the an- 
nual Friendship Press announcement. 
Missions Council offices are located at 
the following addresses: 14 Beacon 
Street, Boston 8, Mass.; 287 Fourth 
Avenue, New York 10, N. Y.; and 19 
South LaSalle Street, Chicago 3, 111. We 
would draw your attention particularly 
to the story leaflet "School for Jesse", 
which is available in quantity (5c each, 
50c a dozen) and is related to this pro- 
ject. 

School supplies are needed in other 
parts of Africa also. For lists of such 
needs and procedures for sending them, 
write to "Children's Friendly Service," 
287 Fourth Avenue, New York 10, New 
York. 



Rev. Seth Q. Shaver 
Ordained To Ministry 
At Central Church 

The Reverend Seth Q. Shaver was 
ordained to the Congregational Christ- 
ian ministry at a service held in Cen- 
tral Congregational Church, Atlanta, 
Ga., on September 14. 

Prior to the service, Mr. Shaver ap- 
peared before an ecclesiastical council 
called for the purpose of the examin- 
ing of his fitness for the ministry. The 
council voted in the affirmative, ap- 
proving his request. 

The Reverend Russell T. Loesch, 
Minister to Armed Forces and Institu- 
tional Chaplains of the Congregational 
Christian Churches, delivered the ser- 
mon for the occasion. 

Mr. Shaver graduated from the Uni- 
versity of Rochester, N. Y., in 1938. 
After military service and a business 
career he decided to enter the ministry. 
He entered Columbia Theological Sem- 
inary, Decatur, Ga., and graduated 
June 1, 1959, "Magna Cum Laude." De- 
ciding that the Congregational Christ- 
ian Fellowship best fit his Christian 
viewpoint, he united with Central Con- 
gregatonal Church and made applica- 
tion for ordination. The church re- 
quested his ordination through the 
Georgia-South Carolina Conference, 
and with its approval called the Ec- 
clesiastical Council. 

Rev. Samuel D. Nelson, Moderator of 
the Georgia-South Carolina Confer- 
ence, presided at the Council. A fellow- 
ship supper was held between the coun- 
cil and the service. Rev. Arnold Slater, 
pastor of Pilgrim Church, Chattanooga, 
served as toastmaster. 

Participating in the service which 
was conducted by Rev. James H. Light- 
bourne Jr., Superintendent of the 
Southeast Convention, were, in addi- 
tion to Mr. Loesch, Mr. Nelson and Mr. 
Slater, Rev. Guy L. Colbert, Moderator 
of the Southeast Convention, and Rev. 
Charles Gerkin, Protestant Chaplain at 
Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta. 

Mr. Shaver anticipates devoting his 
ministry to the field of institutional 
chaplaincy. At the present time he is 
on the staff of Grady Memorial Hospi- 
tal undergoing training as assistant su- 
pervisor of clinical pastoral training. 

Mr. and Mrs. Shaver have a son and 
a daughter. 



THE SOUTHEAST NEWS 

Entered as Second Class matter at the 
Post Office of Atlanta, Georgia 

Published monthly by and for 
the churches of the 

SOUTHEAST CONVENTION 

of Congregational Christian Churches 

(The United Church of Christ) 

673 Piedmont Avenue N. E. 
Atlanta, Ga. TRinity 4-2558 

Single Subscription $1.50 per year 

Group Subscription $1.25 per year 

STAFF 

Rev. Jas. H. Lightbourne, Jr. Editor 

Rev. Annie Campbell Photographer 

Mrs. Jettie Logan Promotion 

Printed by The Roanoke Leader, 

Roanoke, Alabama 

Vol. VII October 1959 No. 12 

Puerto Rico Tour 

A tour of Puerto Rico churches, 
schools, urban and rural institutions, 
industrial, social and political institu- 
tions will begin January 5 from New- 
York and return January 15, 1960, un- 
der the direction of The Board of Home 
Missions. Total cost, including side trip 
to Virgin Islands, is $250.00. 

For further particulars write to Dr. 
Walter C. Giersbach, tour director, 287 
Fourth Avenue, New York 10, N. Y. 



DATES TO REMEMBER 

October 17 — Work Day for Christ 

October 18 — Laymen's Sunday 

October 25 — World Order Sunday 

November 1 — Reformation Sunday 

November 6 — World Community Day 

November 17-19 — Fall Minister's 
Convocation, Southern Union Col- 
lege 

November 22 — Forefathers' Sunday 

November 26 — Thanksgiving 

November 29 — First Sunday in Advent 

SUPERINTENDENT'S SCHEDULE 

October 3-17 — Fall Association and 
Conference meetings 

October 25 — Columbus, Ga., First 
Church 



ECHOES OF SUC 

Walter A. Graham, President 

The 1959-1960 college year has alrea- 
dy gotten off to a good start. Pilgrim 
Hall is filled with girls; Kimball Hall 
is filled with boys; and all five trailers 
are also filled with occupants, one of 
them containing four young men from 
Sanford, Fla. 

In addition to the faculty members 
reported in the September ECHOES, 
Mr. Fred Clark has joined the faculty 
as professor of Biology. Mr. Clark is a 
graduate of Huntingdon College, with a 
major in biology and a minor in chem- 
istry. He has done graduate work at 
the University of Michigan and at Tu- 
lane University. He was also a teaching 
fellow in Bowdoin College in Maine. He 
is married and has one child. 

The staff is now complete, the last 
addition being Mrs. Margaret Behymer 
from Birmingham, who is the house 
mother for Kimball Hall and is the 
assistant dietitian. Mrs. Behymer has 
already endeared herself to 'her boys' 
by sewing on buttons and baking cook- 
ies. 

Although the enrollment for the fall 
quarter is not entirely complete, the 
final date for registration being after 
these ECHOES are due in the hands of 
the editor, the number may be a little 
smaller than the fall registration for 
1958. More states are represented this 
year since there are students from Al- 
abama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, 
South Carolina, and Tennessee. 

Elder Hall is boasting of two entirely 
newly decorated rooms, thanks going 
to Professor Owen Frost and students 
Floyd Carmack and Rudolph Starling. 
Mr. Frost's own classroom and the 
"little chapel" have had the holes in 
the walls plastered, the ceilings, walls 
and floors completely painted and new 
light fixtures installed in one room, and 
the fixtures thoroughly cleaned in the 
other. The difference between the old 
and the new is indeed startling and 
many thanks are due these men for 
their interest and labor. 

The college is very proud of the ar- 
ticle, 'Along Life's Highway", in the 
July - September 1959 issue of The 
Church in the Home, page 79. It is 
written about Mrs. May L. Flickinger, 
a long-time friend and 10-year trustee 
of the college. The author is also a 
friend of the college, Edna Margaret 
Long, of Massachusetts. The article is 
a well-deserved tribute to a great 



Southern Union College 
Announces Major Program 

The Southern Union College has an- 
nounced a development and expansion 
program which is designed to add se- 
ven new buildings to its 75-acre cam- 
pus, and to double its present student 
body of 250 within the next ten years. 
It is planned to complete a library 
building and a physical education 
building during the next year. 

Dr. Walter Graham, president of the 
college, in releasing the announcement, 
stated that the first phase of a 10-year 
fund-raising campaign will be launched 
immediately to finance the develop- 
ment program. 

The first phas; of the campaign to 
raise a minimum of $300,000 started in 
Wadley on September 28th and will be 
expanded throughout the area, as well 
as over the state. 

The second phase, designed to raise 
the balance of an approximate $1,000,- 
000 fund within a ten-year period, will 
follow immediately. This second phase 
will extend the campaign on a nation- 
wide basis. 

Southern Union was founded in 1922 
by the Christian Churches of the South. 
It is related to the Congregational 
Christian Churches of America, but it 
is serving the youth of all denomina- 
tions. 

A junior college, it is a charter mem- 
ber of the Alabama Association of 
Junior Colleges, a member of the Amer- 
ican Association of Junior Colleges, the 
National Commission on Accrediting, 
and the Alabama Administrator's As- 
sociation. 

Mr. Robert A. Russell, vice-president 
of the Russell Manufacturing Company 
of Alexander City, has accepted the 
General Chairmanship of the cam- 
paign and will direct the fund-raising 
effort. Mr. Russell has appointed Judge 
J. Tom Radney as General Co-Chair- 
man, and J. C. Henderson as Publicity 
Chairman. Mr. Russell will appoint 
area chairmen in various cities in East- 
ern Alabama, including Alexander Ci- 
ty, Ashland, Birmingham, Dadeville, 
Goodwater, Greenville, LaFayette, La- 
nett, Lineville, Roanoke, Sylacauga, 
Talladega, Tallassee, Wadley, Wedowee, 
and Wetumpka. 



Christian statesman and the college is 
happy to join in paying it now. 



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Pleasant Hill Church Holds 
Installation - Dedication 

The Reverend Frank R. Snavely was 
installed as minister and the new church 
building was dedicated at a special 
service held on Sunday afternoon, Sep- 
tember 27, at the Pleasant Hill Com- 
munity Church. 

The new church building, which will 
be pictured in a later issue, is a beauti- 
ful structure, built of native field stone, 
of contemporary design, situated on the 
campus of the Pleasant Hill Communi- 
ty Center. The former church building 
is continued in use for the Church 
School and as a fellowship hall. 

The former church building, the 
crafts shop, and the new church form 
a striking setting on the Cumberland 
Plateau. Just a short distance down the 
road is Pioneer Hall, which is also a 
part of the Center and Church. 

The sermon for the happy occasion 
was delivered by Rev. Serge F. Hum- 
mon, Secretary for the Town and Coun- 
try Church of the Board of Home Mis- 
sions. Also participating in the service 
were Dr. Paul R. Reynolds, former 
minister and director and now pastor 
emeritus, and Rev. James H. Light- 
bourne Jr., Superintendent of the 
Southeast Convention. 

Visitors were present from the sur- 
rounding communities and from sever- 
al of the Congregational Christian 
churches of the Southeast Convention. 

An unusual fact in the situation is 
that the new building, which was com- 
pleted this year, is paid for. 

Mr. Snavely is a graduate of Union 
College, Barbourville, Ky., and of the 
Divinity School, Vanderbilt Unviersity. 
He has served Methodist churches at 
Gainsboro, Crossville, and Smyrna, 
Tenn. He accepted the call to the Plea- 
sant Hill Community Church and Cen- 
ter as of June 1. 

Mr. and Mrs. Snavely have three 
children: David Richardson, Ross Keith, 
and Michal Elaine. 

Prior to the coming of Mr. Snavely, 
Dr. Reynolds and Rev. C. Freeman 
Sleeper shared in the interim ministry. 
Mr. Earl Clark, a veteran of many years 
of service on the staff, served as direc- 
tor of the Center during the interim 
'" until Mr. Snavely was called. Mr. Clark 
will continue on the staff in the widely 
known crafts program. 



Chattanooga Pilgrim 
Dedicates New Church 

Pilgrim Congregational Church of 
Chattanooga, Tenn., dedicated its new 
church building on Sunday, September 
20, 1959. 

Dr. Stanley U. North, General Sec- 
retary of the Division of Church Ex- 
tension and Evangelism of the Board 
of Home Missions, deliversd the sermon. 
Also participating in the service was 
the Rev. James H. Lightbourne Jr., Su- 
per' itendent of the Southeast Conven- 
tion. 

The church, which is pictured on the 
front cover, is of contemporary design. 
The total plant consists of two buildings 
connected by a colonnade. The main 
building contains the Sanctuary, par- 
lor, office, minister's study, choir room, 
class and rest rooms. Its ground level 
contains a fellowship room, an all-elec- 
tric kitchen, and class rooms. 

The small unit includes the Nursery 
and Primary and Kindergarten depart- 
ments. 

The Sanctuary is beautiful. The pews 
for the congregational seating and the 
chancel appointments are of redwood. 
The chancel is divided with a stainless 
steel cross suspended on the wall over 
the altar table. 

Open House was observed from 3 to 
5 o'clock in the afternoon during which 
large numbers of friends and in- 
terested persons from the city were 
shown through the new buildings. De- 
lightful refreshments were served in 
the beautifully decorated Fellowship 
Hall. 

Pilgrim Church was organized in 
1914. Until the new church was com- 
pleted in the new location at Glenwood 
and Third, the church worshipped in 
the lovely Colonial structure at Oak 
and Lindsey. 

Rev. Arnold Slater has served the 



CORRECTION 

A correction, please! Billy Wight- 
man is a member of the Faith Com- 
mission and in the picture in the 
September issue of THE SOUTH- 
EAST NEWS, not David Snavely. 



Pilgrim Fellowship Rallies 
Held By Young People 

NORTH GEORGIA 

The North Georgia Pilgrim Fellow- 
ship District had a Rally at Sarcis 
Church, Oxford. Dr. Harold Johnson of 
Central Church, Atlanta, conducted a 
panel discussion on "The Parent's Role 
in Pilgrim Fellowship." Lindianne Ro- 
berson, SEC-PF Recording Secretary, 
and Melissa Kelley, president of the 
Central Georgia District, conducted 
workshops. 

The following officers were elected: 
President, .Lawrence Mann, Sardis 
Church; Vice-President, David Starrett, 
Central Church, Atlanta; Secretary, 
Bonnie Ruth Boggs, Duncan's Creek; 
Treasurer, Johnnie Dean Phillips, Dun- 
can's Creek. 

Advisor, Mrs. Carl N. Sanford, Cen- 
tral Church, Atlanta. 

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CENTRAL GEORGIA 

The Central Georgia Pilgrim Fellow- 
ship Rally was held at the First Con- 
gregational Christian Church, Colum- 
bus, Georgia, Sunday, September 27. 
Central Georgia was delighted to have 
a good delegation from Pleasant Hill 
Church, Roberta, for the first time. Af- 
ter a good program the group enjoyed 
cooling refreshments at the church par- 
sonage. 

The following officers were elected 
for the year: 

President, Lindianne Roberson; Vice- 
President, Ben Elder; Secretary, Linda 
Williams; Treasurer, Nancy Bush; Re- 
porter, Judith Williams; Faith Com- 
mission, Joy Parker; Action Commis- 
sion, Janice Ellerbee, Fellowship Com- 
mission, Melissa Kelley. 

church for fifteen years. Under his 
leadership the church undertook the 
challenging program of re-locating in 
a residential area and building a new 
church. 

Pilgrim Church has long been con- 
sidered one of the most important 
Congregational Christian Churches in 
the South. It is one of the most influ- 
ential churches in Chattanooga. 

In its new facilities, it truly is "A 
Contemporary Church with a Contem- 
porary Ministry." 



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